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Just the other day, we heard that General Motors might extend its traditional two-week summer shutdown to three weeks for the Chevrolet Volt. But, after record Volt sales last month, we wonder how the calendar looks in Hamtramck now. We wonder because we are hearing reports that the current shutdown – originally scheduled to run for five weeks, from March 19 to April 23 – will be shortened by a week. GM originally decided on the hold to reduce supply that had grown too large because of soft demand.

Don LaForest, the chairman of the United Auto Workers bargaining committee at the Hamtramck plant where the Volt is made, told Talking Points Memo that GM is "adding a week of production back in." The Detroit News reports that GM President of North America Mark Reuss said the same thing Wednesday during the New York Auto Show. Reuss said, "We're doing it because we sold a lot."

Increasing sales numbers (GM sold 2,289 Volts in March – well over double February's 1,023-unit total) come at a time when some of the right-wing attacks on the plug-in hybrid appear to have calmed down. LaForest told TPM that his union workers have been confused about these criticisms. "I don't think Newt or Mitt have said a single negative thing about the Nissan Leaf," he said. "They're attacking our car to get at the President. But our car is going to change the way America does business. It's a breath of fresh air."


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      tigersharkjr
      • 3 Years Ago
      It being an election year, im waiting for someone on the right to make the argument that Obama raised the fuel prices in order to make make the Volt more appealing. As for me, ill be getting one soon. I think california approved another 1200 bucks or so of tax credits. I really wish though they had sold the volt here with the Ampera front in. If at least as a slightly spruced up buick.
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tigersharkjr
        I don't believe any of them will directly make that argument. However, it can easily be stated that the Obama administration doesn't exactly want gas prices to drop too much because it does make alternatives that much more attractive. There have been numerous comments from the administration that point directly to them wishing to increase energy prices slowly over time to force consumers to switch to other energy sources. Basically, while they may not have directly raised the prices (which no President is capable of, not Obama, not Bush, not Clinton etc.), they haven't exactly expressed outrage over the high prices either (other than blaming "Big Oil" who also don't set the prices) and they aren't doing all that much to try to lower them. Makes sense though, it fits their long-term goal of higher energy prices and they have a convenient scapegoat of Big Oil that they can lay the blame on and millions of consumers will believe them.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      So gas prices go up and so do the sales of Volt, that's pretty predictable.
      Colin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would sooner vote for Carter than Obama - he is destoying America. However, this GOP dislike for the Volt does not make sense. I have leased mine since November - I love it. It is American made, I use very little gas and I would say the electricity I use is American made. The Volt has no range anxiety, is very well made and drives like a bat out of hell in sport mode. Expensive yes, but leasing with Onstar thrown in for free the entire 3 years and the savings in gas even the playing field a little. And this is like the early flat screens - pricey at first but as volume, technology, competition kicks in the price will drop. For those that are calling it a flop - what are you griping about - the bailout, the incentives? Why not gripe about the billions given to farmers, mining companies, Oil, and the millions of welfare and food stamp recipients that you see buying beer and weed to spend their workless days with. The Volt is a great car - and the technology will only get better, longer range, shorter more convenient charging, cheaper (sodium - ion maybe) batteries. And open your eyes - EV is the future of transportation, even the F-150 has electric assist via li-on battereis. It makes sense.
        rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Colin
        You are correct, the Volt is made in America. Unlike about 70% of all GM cars that are made OUTSIDE the U. S. Good to see that all the money provided to GM goes to create jobs OUTSIDE our country. Money well spent?
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see the sales improving. I really want cars like this to be successful. If a significant portion of Americans started commuting on electricity, we could end our dependence on foreign oil and greatly improve our balance of trade.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        Careful with all that forward thinking, son. /s
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        You know another, much faster way to dramatically decrease our dependence on foreign oil? Ethanol, and not necessarily corn Ethanol. There are already millions of flex-fuel capable vehciles on the road whereas it will take decades for EV's to even come close to catching up, much less surpass those numbers. Not to mention that it would require millions of buyers to buy new cars while the Flex-Fuel ones are already there. With E85, a consumer immediately cuts their oil usage by roughly 85% (fuel economy differences will drop that figure, but not dramatically). Not that I'm suggesting an either/or approach, but Ethanol has an equally (though I feel even stonger) ability to decrease our foreign oil usage, and usage overall. It just seems to always get glossed over despite it being worlds easier to implement than any of the other competing ideas.
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @montoym
          Really, people can downvote me but no one want's to counter my argument? Awesome. No matter how you look at it, using the cars already on the road is a much easier and cheaper way to reduce our foreign oil dependancy than an en masse switchover to EV's that requires millions of consumers to purchase new vehicles that they don't necessarily want. EV's can't satisfy everyone.
      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM, the kings of SPIN! Of course they are shortening the current shutdown for 1 week, because they lenghtened the July shutdown by 1 week, when will they admit that this car is a flop and move on? Chevy Volt Production to Halt For Three Weeks in July Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/chevy-volt-production-to-halt-for-three-weeks-in-july-186869.html#ixzz1rAyveb2Q General Motors will halt production of its Chevy Volt extended-range EV for three weeks in July instead of the usual two, according to Detroit Free Press. A move to adjust to demand, the longer summer shutdown follows the five-week production halt currently in effect through April 23. “This is [a] normal part of business as managing to market demand,” GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho told Detroit News. As we previously reported, GM has temporarily laid off 1300 employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in order to keep production in line with demand. The Volt sold 2289 units in March. Still, at 3915 total units sold so far in 2012, GM will likely fall short of the 45,000 units it originally projected selling this year in the U.S.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many were bought by the federal government under orders from higher up? This thing is another example of government intrusion and public rejection of something without a market. The sales numbers are being driven by millions in TV advertising and subsidized government purchases. After November sales will dry up, if not before of it''s own accord and certianly after elections and new leadership when fuel prices retreat and we begin to drill again.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        That's an interesting fantasy land you live in. I suppose if Romney wins the election, we will just be swimming in cheap gasoline by his 2nd week in office, huh? In reality, commodities traders and hedge fund managers drive the price of oil, not presidents. FYI - Of the 2,289 Volts sold in March, only 160 were fleet sales (less than 7%).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
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        Jason Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        You barely touch reality in your 'life'. In a world of make believe Muslum terrorist Obama squeezes balls all over the land forcing decent and unsuspecting citizens to waste money on an award winning domestic product. What a commie socialist muslim terrorist abortionist baby-eating petrolium hating snobby over-educated anti-christian abomination Obama is, for saving our country from the pit the 'conservatives' dug us into. Yeah, hate is what he desrves.
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good to see the numbers picking up. If they can sell 20k a year I think it's going to be profitable for them, which encourages more research and development of the technology. Eventually (hopefully) the price will come down a bit too. It would be nice if they could get the price under $30k before any tax credit. I agree with them about the right-wing attacks against the Volt. It just shows how desperate the right is to drag Obama down that they have to try to insult American industry and innovation, with no concern for hurting American workers. You know what people who would consider a Volt do when they hear Mitt say its no good? They buy a Prius. Made in Japan.
        Keith Oxford
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Remember this thing sells (or will sell) GLOBALLY. The US market (closed minded/brainwashed Americans) alone will not decide the fate of the VOLT. GM needs to spread the tech to other models SOON.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Keith Oxford
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        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        GM stated already that at the price they are selling it they would lose money even if they sold 45K units a year. The "right wing" is not attacking the Volt, they are attacking the $7500 subsidy/Volt bailout and they are right. If the car was good enough and priced accordingly it wouldn't need a tax payer funded "bailout"
          A_Guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          The 'right wing' have nothing against oil subsidies, so why are they up in arms about another energy subsidy?
          untitledfolder
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          The right-wing attacks the Volt because they think it is related to Obama, by proxy. That's really all there is to it. It's another effort to attack the POTUS.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
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      sulandus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone is buying this? I haven't seen a single car on the road yet...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sulandus
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          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          I wonder if we pass each other on the freeway.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        I've seen several today.
        dax777
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        I own a Volt as do 1000s of other Volt drivers...you think all the vehicles sold are just sitting in someone's garage?
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        I've seen a few around me in CO, two or three in my town and 1 up in Denver. One owner must live by me though because I've seen the same red one several times now. They haven't been available here for all that long though so I don't think that's unusual.
        Josesito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sulandus
        I've seen a couple up here Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd buy one, if it were cheaper...
        Bamboo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        I would buy one too if it where in the $25k range. We just bought a new Madza3 last year for about that, but selling the Volt in the upper $30k meant we didn't even consider it. I actually saw my first Volt on the road last weekend. It came up from behind and passed me before I knew it was there, and I was already doing 60 in a 55. Thought it looked pretty good. Maybe Gen2 will be able to drop in price.
        cc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        Yes, the price is the only thing holding back sales.
          ChrisH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cc
          Not true, its not just the price. The car itself could use a clean up in the dash and rear seating. I am not a fan of that dash at all. I don't care for the inserts, etc. Frankly I cannot wait for the Fusion near equivalent to debut, let alone some of the other similar cars coming. I think the original idea of the Volt was good, I do not agree with how it ended up nor its pricing. If anything I would suggest people to wait for the MCR in 2014
          A_Guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cc
          I agree. I would have considered them if the price were cheaper, but it wasn't the only deterring factor. The biggest was that it is a family sedan and I don't have a family to fill it. :) That is the only model with this tech available. Wife and I fit just fine in our CR-Z at nearly half the cost (not including the tax credit).
      Generic
      • 3 Years Ago
      If dealers stop selling Volts to each other for the tax breaks and sell them as new so the customer can get them, maybe they will be more successful this year. I want to see this car succeed as with all high fuel economy cars. I do think gas prices play a big roll. They had dipped down to the low $3 mark almost touching $2 a few times. Now that they are solid around $4 or over depending on where you live, anyone in the market for a new car will want more MPGs. Should be a good summer for high efficient car sales.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I test drove one and thought it was nice. I think GM should eat up some more of the cost and lower the price. It's a great ride in electric mode, but the "generator" is very annoyingly loud and unrefined.
        GreaseMonkeySRT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        About as annoyingly loud and unrefined as a traditional gasoline engine car?
        dax777
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Zoom, have you heard the noise a gasoline engine makes lately?
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still don't understand why the designers gave this car a pot belly.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        I would buy one if i had a house or lived in an apartment with a parking space with a charging station.
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